Half term camp a big success

This week young rugby players have been given the opportunity to experience life as a Leeds Rhinos player at the Rhinos half term rugby league development camp.

Over seventy players aged between 12 and 16 years participated in the camp which was held at the Rhinos Kirkstall training ground.

The camp was aimed at young players who want to learn the fundamentals of rugby league and develop their skills and performance.

Players were divided into groups according to age and ability and received coaching sessions which focused on grip, catch and carry all effective ball handling techniques in rugby league. Players were then able to combine all the skills learnt in game related situations. On Monday youngsters enjoyed a session on wrestling and a review and preview session with Chris Plume, Leeds Rhinos Junior Academy coach and on Tuesday and Thursday specialist conditioning sessions were delivered in the gym with Mickey Vann, Leeds Rhinos Academy Conditioner. 

The highlight of the camp was Wednesday when young players had the opportunity to meet the Australian Rugby League team and watch them in preparation for the upcoming Four Nations Competition. The Kangaroos team took time out after their session to sign autographs and have their photos taken with the young Rhinos fans.

Commenting on the development camp Jonny Wainhouse, Leeds Rhinos Community Development Officer said, “This week has been a fantastic success and we were very pleased with the turn out. The future for rugby league is looking very positive in the city and we have seen some outstanding players at this camp who with the right attitude and determination could be future Leeds Rhinos players.”